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CNN
May 8, 2013 10:00am PDT
crowd that is developing outside of the home of gina dejesus, 23 years old. this is the crowd that's gathered outside of her home as police tell us she is likely now to make her homecoming in the next few moments. we don't know when she's coming, but the police say that her return home is imminent. it is 1:00 in the afternoon cleveland time as the police presence grows outside of gina dejesus's home. let me remind you, gina has been missing since 2004. that is one year after amanda berry went missing. at the time gina went missing she was just 14 years old. and the reports were that she was last seen at a pay phone in the middle of an afternoon as she was on her way home from school. but now we're being told that after being treated in the hospital and her condition being reported to us as somewhat frail but good, we are likely to see in the next -- hopefully in the next short while the return home of gina dejesus to her family after just a harrowing ordeal allegedly at the hands of a man and his two brothers not far from the neighborhood where she disappeared. we have a number of de
CNN
May 10, 2013 1:00am PDT
. meanwhile, the mother of one of the victims, gina dejesus, is speaking out in her first interview. nancy reid spoke about gina's first night home. >> she said, mom, i don't want to stay in the room. i said, you don't have to anymore. so that's part of the process, of her healing, and knowing that she can now do what she wants. >> she said she doesn't want to stay in the room. >> nope. >> well, much has been made about the connections. between the castro family and gina dejesus' family, it's really fascinating, the connections. they knew each other and sometimes gina's mother would sometimes see ariel castro. they asked him about that. >> you would see him and he would say how are you doing? nothing was wrong. >> yes. >> that's chilling. >> it is. >> all the while he had your daughter. >> yes. you don't know how many times i've been through this street. i passed by that street. i was just two blocks and a half away from there. >> that's unbelievable. today castro's mother, lily rodriguez, spoke to reporters through the window of her car. she was clearly distraught. she spoke in spa
CNN
May 9, 2013 7:00pm PDT
dejesus' family, it's really fascinating. gina's mother would sometimes see ariel castro. >> you would see him and he would say how are you doing? >> nothing was wrong. >> yes. >> that's chilling. >> it is. >> all the while he had your daughter. >> yes. you don't know how many times i've been through this street. i passed by that street. i was just two blocks and a half away from there. >> imagine a mother realizing she had walked by the home where her daughter was allegedly being hold hostage. lily rodriguez spoke to reporters through the window of her car. she was clearly distraught. [ speaking in a foreign language ] >> there are other pieces of the puzzle just now coming to light. writings found inside the house, pictures of the backyard and the word that castro had confessed to at least some actions. joining me, cnn's martin savidge, pamela brown as well as woio investigative reporter scott taylor. pamela, some word of some sort of confession. what have you heard from sources? >> we've known ariel castro has been talking with federal authorities, local police, prosecutors since hi
CNN
May 9, 2013 5:00pm PDT
in cleveland, a victor vigil celebrating the safe return of amanda berry, gina dejesus and michelle knight. there you see it, balloons were released into the air in a show of support for the women and the challenges they now face after surviving their ordeal. there could be more charges, we want to tell you about, to come for their alleged captor, ariel castro. the prosecutor says he will seek murder charges relating to a police report that says when at least one of the women got pregnant, castro allegedly starved her for at least two weeks, then punched her repeatedly in the stomach until she miscarried. this allegedly happened multiple times. we will have more on castro's arraignment in a moment. i also spoke with his former in-laws, including the sister of his ex-wife. his ex-wife is deceased. her sister says castro is to blame for her sister's death after repeated beatings. meanwhile, the mother of one of the victims, gina dejesus, is speaking out. in her first interview, nancy ruiz spoke about gina's first night home. >> she said mom, i don't want to stay in a room. so i says y
CNN
May 8, 2013 11:00am PDT
are hearing that gina dejesus, who went missing ten years ago, when she was 14 years of age, she was leaving her middle school, last seen at a pay phone, wanted to spend the night with a friend of hers, the mom said no. and then according to reports she was plucked off the street. tremendous media presence here. you can see cleveland affiliates have this story covered for you from the air and from the ground. we will not go too far from the scene as we're awaiting first pictures of gina dejesus coming home to her family there in cleveland. and for nearly a decade, inside the house here, back here on seymour avenue in the home behind me, amanda berry's movements were seen by a select few. and now as a free woman, the world watched her every step as she arrived at her sister's home in cleveland, the sister stepped out, i was there, the sister was surrounded by a crush of media and she gave just a very brief statement just about an hour or so ago. listen. >> i just want to say we are so happy to have amanda and her daughter home. i want to thank the public and the media for their suppor
CNN
May 8, 2013 2:00pm PDT
initially a suspect in gina dejesus's disappearance and a private investigator indicated to us that this gentleman said he had pointed authorities in the direction of ariel castro back in like 2004. yet i don't know who the appropriate person to respond is but is that true and what was done with that if it is true? >> you want to address it, steve? >> just very quickly, we have obviously heard that same statement and with due diligence we have scrubbed our entire investigative file and have no reason to believe that he made the comments that he is purporting to the media. so just so i have it right, there was a conversation with him but you have no reason to believe that he made the statements to you that he made to us, is that correct? >> it's part of this long-term, joint task force investigation, he was interviewed at some point. and that's -- that must be what he is referring to when he said that he told us that. again, we have no information to believe based upon our investigative file that that's indeed correct. >> okay. thank you very much. >> pamela brown with cnn. it was mention
CNN
May 10, 2013 2:00am PDT
past. we'll go to pamela brown live outside the home of the freed kidnapped victim gina dejesus. good morning to you, pam. >> reporter: good morning to you. as the women heal and recover, we hear from sources that ariel castro confessed to some of his actions related to his behavior over the last ten years. these exclusive pictures obtained by cnn give us the first glimpse into ariel castro's backyard, though much of it is obscured by tarps, jugs are strewn all around. and this weary image of a white cross spotted by a neighbor. at his first court appearance, castro looked despondent looking down and making eye contact with no one. >> we evaluate to seek charges eligible for the death penalty. >> reporter: following arraignment, the prosecutor made it clear additional charges could likely be added. castro already faces four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. >> for each and every act of sexual violence, rape, each day of kidnapping, every felonious assault, all his attempted murders and each aggravated murder. >> reporter: one of the women, michelle knight, became pregnant
ABC
May 8, 2013 12:35am PDT
mysterious house of horrors where amanda, gina dejesus, and michele knight were held captive, forced to live in rooms the size of closets for more than a decade. victims and the families begin the long road to healing as authorities begin to study the chilling tale of evil next door. byron pitts has the latest from cleveland. >> reporter: terry, federal and local authorities have been in and out of the house all evening. piecing together the secrets inside. tonight it's a crime scene, but for three girls, faces on posters, amanda, gina and michele, this house was their cage. >> help me, i'm amanda berry. >> reporter: after nearly ten years, this was the sweet, frightening sound of freedom. >> do you need police, fire or ambulance? >> i need police. >> reporter: that's amanda berry yesterday afternoon. we know so little about their experience, but the emotion in her voice is revealing. >> i've been kidnapped and i've been missing for ten years. and i'm here, i'm free now. >> reporter: freedom made possible by a neighbor she never knew. charles ramsey said he just heard a young
CNN
May 9, 2013 2:00am PDT
details. >>> and home at last. kidnap victim amanda berry and gina dejesus reunite with the family that they were taken away from for so many years. >>> finally, a verdict in the case that has captivated millions. jodi arias is guilty. and a shocking admission by arias has prison officials on high later. good morning, everyone, welcome to "early start." a lot's going on this morning, i'm john berman. >> indeed quite a news day. i'm zoraida sambolin. i'm live in cleveland, ohio. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started here. we're live in cleveland with the horrifying details about what went on in the house behind me on seymour avenue for ten years. we're going to have more on that but first, this morning, we're getting a first look at the man many are calling a monster. ariel castro accused of holding three women inside of his home now facing three counts of rape and four cases of kidnapping. listen to a reporter inside woio firing questions at castro inside prison last night? >> why are you covering your face? what do you have to say to those woman? how can you do that? what kind
ABC
May 7, 2013 4:00am PDT
, three cold cases now astonishingly solved. >> michelle knight, amanda berry and gina dejesus all discovered. >> reporter: a neighbor heard a woman screaming for help. >> i look and i see this girl and she's going nuts on the door. we had to kick open the bottom. it was aluminum. she climbed out with her daughter. she went to my house. we called 911. >> hello, police, help me, i'm amanda berry. i've been kidnapped and i've been missing for ten years and i'm here, i'm free now. >> reporter: amanda berry vanished in 2003. she's now 27. inside they found gina dejesus missing since age 14 and michelle knight who disappeared in 2002 when she was 21. all being examined for possible abuse at a cleveland hospital. >> currently they're safe. we're in the process of evaluating their medical needs. they appear to be in fair condition at the moment. >> reporter: police say three hispanic brothers in their 50s are in custody as investigators now search the home for evidence. neighbors who knew one of the suspects, the home's owner say he was a normal guy. >> he's somebody you look and look awa
FOX News
May 11, 2013 1:30pm PDT
school. this is where gina dejesus went to school. take a look around. it look like a lovely place for your child to go to school. on that date, april 2, 2004, something dreadful happened. gina who a special education student decided she would walk home from school. she left the school never to arrive home. and in broad daylight it looks perfectly safe. this is where it happened. 2207 seymour street. you go see the f.b.i. is sill processing the houses where the three women and the young child apparently have been for many, many years. neighbors give all sorts of different stories. they describe the man, castro, as an ordinary guy. story we hear from everybody is how surprised they were. they never in their wildest dreams believed that those three women would be held captive in that particular house. >> greta: on the record the investigation of the missing girls now women from almost the beginning. after 14-year-old gina dejesus vanished in 2004 we spoke with her cousin and cleveland police. >> what can you tell me about the investigation so far? >> so far, gina just disappeared int
CNN
May 9, 2013 12:00am PDT
kidnapping and raping amanda berry, gina dejesus and michelle knight. his brothers, onil and pedro, no charges against them. listen to this dramatic recording at the moment the police found these women. >> might be for real. we found them. we found them. >> and in phoenix, sex, lies and murder. jodi arias found guilty. police say she is on suicide watch, and just a little while ago, she gave a dramatic new interview in which she said she would rather get the death penalty than life in prison. listen to what she told the affiliate in phoenix. >> i said years ago i would rather get death than life and that still is true today. >> i'll talk to a friend of jodi arias and friend of a man she killed. >>> and a joyous family reunion. >> there she is. >> we are so happy to have amanda and her daughter home. until this moment for me, i still feel as it is a dream. i still pinch myself. >> police say the victims left the house of horrors only twice in a decade. and watched their parents on tv at vigils for themselves. they say when amanda berry escaped on monday, the other two victims chose
MSNBC
May 8, 2013 11:00am PDT
developing news out of cleveland, ohio. gina dejesus, one of the women held captive in that dilapidated home, a few miles from where they were abducted, is expected to arrive home no her own family for the first time in ten years. by her own account, dejesus was on her way home in 2004 when a man in a van pulled up and offered her a ride, beginning ten years of torment. we expect the cleveland police department to repeat a summary of what the women told them. it is a nightmarish house of horrors, according to police. the women were bound if chains and ropes in separate rooms throughout their captivity. police sources also say that women have told them of repeated sexual and physical abuse as well as multiple pregnancies and miscarriages. just hours ago, amanda berry and her 6-year-old daughter were welcomed by cheers as she returned home for the first time of the home belonging to her sister, beth. a chaotic scene emerged as beth gave a short statement saying thank you for support and to ask for privacy. some neighbors claimed that police were called several times over the y
ABC
May 9, 2013 4:00am PDT
wild animals. we'll take you inside the cheetah house. >>> good morning, everyone. gina dejesus, amanda berry and her little girl are all safe now returned to their families. >> one mom called it "the best mother's day present ever" as the families reunite, the suspect prepared for his first court appearance. we begin with abc's devin dwyer. [ cheers ] >> reporter: it's a storybook ending to a horrific ordeal. >> i still pinch myself. i know she's there and i know she's going to be there. but it's like a dream. >> reporter: gina dejesus and amanda berry today waking up at me for the first time in nearly a decade. authorities have charged this man, 52-year-old ariel castro with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. today he weigh formally arraigned. >> the criminal complaints are first degree felonies. >> reporter: abc news learned amanda, gina and michele knight have revealed harrowing details of their captivity allegedly kidnapped by ariel castro who offered each a ride home. then locked up in separate rooms with chains. a law enforcement source told abc station wews the
ABC
May 7, 2013 5:30pm PDT
berry and gina dejesus, abducted as teens. a third, michelle knight, vanished at the age of 20. and now, all three have been found alive after life inside this home. a flag on the porch. a crime scene inside. and on the right, there is the front door. that dark space where a stranger heard a cry for help and refused to turn away. tonight, we have new details about the women, the three brothers under arrest, and the heroes of this rescue, as breaking free, the escape in cleveland begins. and abc's david muir is there. david? >> reporter: diane, good evening. we are learning exclusive, new details about the dynamic inside that home among the women. we know two of them have left the hospital tonight, including amanda berry and her little girl. you can see the balloons here on the house waiting to welcome them home. and about that little girl, she's missing two front teeth. one on the top. one on the bottom. we've also learned that her mother was quietly homeschooling her inside that house. tonight, the balloons and flowers growing. a homecoming waiting for amanda berry. seen here in th
CNN
May 9, 2013 2:00pm PDT
friend of the gina dejesus family and also a journalist here in cleveland, a weekend anchor at a local affiliate woio. i tell you, she had just sat down with gina dejesus. she covered her missing story ever since she was plucked off lorain avenue back in 2004. and in this conversation, you know, she talked to me about how gina confided in her that she lost the ability to communicate with her mother in her native tongue, puerto rican. she lost her ability to speak spanish, having lived as a prisoner in this home on seymour avenue for ten years. it was one nugget of several that i believe from this conversation. let me set this sound bite up. she begins by being invited into this dejesus family. she has really become an unofficial family member because of the decade she has come to know and cover the story. >> i go inside the house and i have my moment with nancy and we're crying and with felix and we're crying because i haven't spent any time with them and i'm friends besides being a journalist. it is such a tough line trying to be a friend and do your job. but first i'm a human b
CNN
May 7, 2013 9:00pm PDT
find today, where are the castro brothers right now and what about amanda berry, gina dejesus and michele knight and the 6-year-old found in the house? were there more children? plus the most important question of all. how could all this have happened in plain sight? tonight, what the neighbors saw and what the people who knew the suspects think now. >> this has come to a shock to me, to hear that he's involved in all this. >> i'll talk to tito dejesus in a moment. we have learned that the three castro brothers, ariel, pedro and onil will be interviewed tomorrow and could be charged thursday. a jeep cherokee and pickup truck have been towed from the home on seymour avenue. now we go live to the scene. kevin, thank you for joining me. obviously, for anyone like you who has covered this for so many years, it's a quite extraordinary end to three concurrent investigations, i guess. what is the latest and let's start with the three young women. my understanding is that two of them are heading home and they're okay but the one is not in great shape. what can you tell me? >> officially,
CNN
May 7, 2013 4:00pm PDT
was 20 or 21 years old. amanda berry disappeared then in april 2003 when she was 16. and gina dejesus vanished in april 2004 at the age of 14. all three reuniting with families tonight after their dramatic rescue unfolded yesterday. coming up, we're going to talk to one of those family members, who saw her niece for the first time in nine years. meanwhile, investigators are focusing on the owner of the home where the women were found. >> at this point i can confirm that we have no indications, any of the neighbors, bystanders, witnesses, or anyone else has ever called regarding any information regarding activity that occurred at that house on saymore avenue. >> which raises many questions like how did the women live in this home for nearly ten years without being noticed by anybody? one thing you can tell from that neighborhood, the houses are very close together. the people spend a lot time out on their porches and barbecuing, as neighbors have told us. so did the women ever try to escape before yesterday? what were their living conditions like? and how did the suspected kidnappers keep the w
FOX News
May 7, 2013 3:00am PDT
barry, 27 years old, abducted at 17. gina dejesus, believed to be 24. and michelle knight missing in 2000 when she was 20. people thought i think she ran away. she's 30 years old. gretchen, there is somebody else involved. there is a baby. >>gretchen: there is a six-year-old child involved as well. authorities have not said -- we have taken her identity away, but the prevailing theory is that that is amanda barry's six-year-old daughter. i'll leave it to the minds of the people out there as to who the father might be. here are the people who will be questioned: a 52-year-old man who lived in this whom. ostensibly these three women have been tied up for ten years. tied up. and this is just blocks away from where they disappeared from. i mean, unbelievable. two other brothers related to this man, 50 and 54, are in custody right now. >>steve: more on them in a moment. first let's tell you how they did escape. last night a woman who lives across the street was sitting on her neighbor's front porch. she saw across the street an arm come out of the front door, start waving and then star
MSNBC
May 7, 2013 6:00am PDT
office of the fbi, and on the investigation of gina dejesus and amanda berry. we have with us today special agent in charge steve anthony. he will be talking later. we have also searched -- been searching our records for public safety calls to four services at 22 2207 seymore regarding complaints of the occupants of the house. since last night we have learned the following. building housing does not have any records of permits or violations at that address. our records show that the cleveland fire department and emergency medical service have not been called to that address. at this time our records show that cleveland police have responded twice to that address. once in 2000 and another time in 2004, and will provide some details in regard to that. now as we move forward, we will provide updates as they become available, keeping in mind, as was stated, that this is an open investigation. again, we're thankful that ms. berry, ms. dejesus and ms. knight have been found and that they're alive and that we have offered our support to the families and to the three ladies as they move dow
CBS
May 7, 2013 5:30pm PDT
burger king. gina dejesus went missing a year later on her way home from school at the age of 14. michelle knight was 20 when she disappeared in 2002. the seymour street house is just miles from where they vanished. it was neighbor charles ramsey who first saw berry screaming for help as she struggled to get out the front door. >> we had to kick open the bottom. lucky that door was aluminum. that door was cheap. she climbed out with her daughter. she went to my house. we called 911. >> talk to the police when they get there. >> we're going to send them as soon as we get a car open. >> i need them now before he gets back. >> we're sending him, okay. >> reporter: police believe that was a reference to the homeowner aerial castro, 52, a former school bus driver who was arrested along with his two brothers. o'neill, 50, and pedro, 54. police found the two other missing women inside the house. sandra ruiz is the aunt of gina dejesus. >> those womans are so strong. what we do out here, what we've done in ten years is nothing compared to what those women have done. together to survive.
CBS
May 8, 2013 5:30pm PDT
reunited with their families today. this was gina dejesus. she didn't speak publicly, but the picture tells the story. there is, of course, a lot more to this, too, including what happened to the women during that missing decade of their lives. dean reynolds is in cleveland for us tonight. dean? >> reporter: scott, authorities say that over the last ten years the abducted women were allowed out of this house behind me only twice. but they're out now, and with their families. the women who came home today were wary of a spotlight that is shining brightly spon them and their newfound freedom. gina dejesus in a hoodie gave a thumb's up as she was whisked inside by relatives. she was 14 when she was abducted. she's 24 now. her parents, felix and nancy, were overcome. >> i knew my daughter was out there alive! (cheers and applause) i knew she needed me and i never gave up. >> i want to thank everybody that believed, even the ones that doubted, i still want to thank them the most. because they're the ones that made me stronger, the ones that made me feel the most that my daughter was out th
CBS
May 8, 2013 5:00pm PDT
greeting gina dejesu she's back home with family. days after police rescued h and two other women after ty >>> excitement and relief from crowds greeting gina dejesus. she is back home with family days after police rescued her and two other women after they spent almost 10 years in captivity inside a cleveland home. it has been a day of fast- moving developments in this story. cbs reporter ines ferre has new information on what went on inside what they are calling the house of horrors. >> reporter: cleveland prosecutors announced formal charges against accused kidnapper ariel castro. >> i just signed criminal complaints charging ariel castro with 4 counts of kidnappings and three counts of rape. >> reporter: castro will be arraigned in the morning for the kidnapping of amanda berry, gina dejesus and michelle knight as well as berry's 6- year-old daughter. castro's two brothers will not be charged. [ applause and cheers ] >> reporter: neighbors cheered as gina dejesus arrived home today. she hid under a yellow hood as she entered her house for the first time in nearly a decade. >>
CNN
May 10, 2013 4:00am PDT
glimpse into his very dark past. pamela brown is outside the home of freed kidnap victim gina dejesus. good morning to you, pam. >> good morning to you, zoraida. the women in this case still recovering, healing from their ordeal. this as we're learning from sources that ariel castro has confessed to at least some of his actions over the past decade to authorities during interrogations. these exclusive pictures obtained by cnn give us the first glimpse into ariel castro's backyard. though much of it is obscured by tarps you can see junk strewn all around and this eerie image of a white cross spotted by a neighbor. at his first court appearance, castro looked despondent repeatedly looking down and seemingly making eye contact with no one. >> we evaluate whether to seek charges eligible for the death penalty. >> reporter: following his arraignment, cuyahoga county prosecutor tim mcginty made it clear additional charges could be added. castro already faces four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. >> for each and every act of sexual violence, rape, each day of kidnapping, every feloni
ABC
May 8, 2013 11:00am PDT
the crowds outside the home of gina dejesus, set to arrive home any minute now. abc7 news reporter katie marzullo joins from the newsroom. >> neighbors, friends and media waiting across the street from two homes, still waiting at gina dejesus' house but amman -- amanda berry arrived and it was pure joy. [ applause ] >> police escort amanda berry do her sister's house, balloons, and flowers piled on the porch, a giant sign rides "welcome home." the caravan pulls around back a helicopter catches the quick view of amanda running into the house carrying her daughter. her sister addressed the media. >> it is time that we request privacy so my sister can have time to recover. we appreciate all you have do to us throughout the past 10 years. >> she mentioned the six-year-old born to amanda during the 10 years she was missing, police say three brothers were holding amanda, gina dejesus and michelle knight captive. a police source tells abc7 news all three women became pregnant while being held by the brothers and there could have been as many five pregnancies. one of the women miscarried t
FOX News
May 9, 2013 2:00am PDT
stories developing right now. first in cleveland. amanda berry and gina dejesus return to hugs and cheers. their captors are charged with kidnapping and rape. how they were able to keep the girls trapped so long. >> the benghazi whistleblowers finally get their say. >> as a dying declaration, what precisely did he say to you? >> he said it's greg, we are under attack. >> why did no one go to help? we are live in dc breaking down the exclusive testimony. >> the jody arias trial has spoken. >> count one first degree murder guilty. >> you heard it arias guilty of first degree murder. in an exclusive fox interview she says she wants to die. >> i said i would rather get life and it's true today. >> let's get right to the fox news alert out of cleveland. >> police finally charging the 52-year-old former school bus driver who kept three young women locked up in the house of horrors. ariel castro three counts of kidnapping three counts of rape. his brothers are not charged. there seems to be no evidence that pedro or onil castro had no part in the krooims. >> that came as a surprise to some folks
ABC
May 11, 2013 12:35am PDT
where amanda berry, gina dejesus and michelle knight are. and the first friday that ariel castro is in jail for kidnapping. tests prove that he is the father of the little girl. the main questions remained, how these three young women were picked up without anyone noticing. >> cleveland police detectives and now 15 fbi agents aggressively working this case. >> reporter: their disappearance captivated this community, flyers, rallies, vigils. this reporter covered the kid p kidnappings from day one and was right there when the young women finally made it home. [ applause ] >> there's one thing on the tree that just gets me. the yellow ribbon with her missing photo. her mom said that was the hardest thing to look at it every time. >> how did it captivate the entire city here? >> well, i think, again, to see two teenage girls go missing from the same general area right away just gave you chills. >> reporter: it was right here, 106th and lorraine on cleveland's west side back in 2002 when michelle knight was standing at this intersection and ariel castro allegedly offered her a ride. she go
CNN
May 12, 2013 4:00am PDT
the alleged abduction and torture of amanda berry, gina dejesus and michelle knight. for the first time since their release both men sitting down and talking exclusively with cnn's martin savidge about their brother and their ordeal. they're grateful the young women and 6-year-old little girl are finally free and safe, but haunted by missed clues, haunted by the media and receiving death threats for something they say they did not do. do you worry now? that people will always suspect that you actually did have a role? >> absolutely. >> yes. >> and the people out there that know me, they know that onil castro is not that person. has nothing to do with that. would never even think of something like that. i was a very liked person, individual. i have never had any enemies. no reason for anybody to think that i would ever do something like that. it's shock to all my friend. they couldn't believe it. >> i couldn't, i could never think of doing anything like that. if i knew that my brother was doing this, i would not in a minute, i would call the cops. because that ain't right. but, yeah
CNN
May 7, 2013 6:00am PDT
, gina dejesus and michele knight. we ask that you understand that some questions we can't answer and some questions we can answer out of respect for the family. be mindful this is an ongoing investigation and due to the sensitive nature, some questions cannot be answered. i introduce to you the mayor of cleveland. >> this morning we are happy to announce, as you know, that amanda berry, gina dejesus and michele knight have been found and are alive. we're happy that they have returned to us. but their absence for several years has plagued their families, our community, police and our law enforcement partners for years. we have several unanswered questions. why were they taken? how were they taken? and how they remain undetected in the city of cleveland for this period of time? today we have three suspects in custody. over the years the cleveland police have worked closely with the northern ohio violent fugitive task force led by the cleveland office of the fbi and on the investigation of gina dejesus and amanda berry. we have with us special agent in charge steve anthony. he will be t
CNN
May 10, 2013 10:00am PDT
, if i might add as well, i'm in front of gina dejesus' home right now. and within the hour one of her aunts came outside and pulled in all those beautiful balloons that we've been seeing for the last several days, moving them away from the front of the house and in the street. and you can see that blue tarp over my shoulder. they've set that up as well so that gina if she wants to come outside can maintain her privacy. chris. >> that's very difficult. there's so much media there. this family's trying to heal at the same time. delicate balance of course. let me get your take on one more thing before i let you go. aggravated murder charge in this case because of the miscarriages, what is the legal thinking through there? >> you know, that's going to be very interesting. and you yourself would know that more than anyone. an interesting legal prospect here. the prosecutor's saying he might -- aggravated murder charges because of what michelle knight has told them. in the police statement that cnn obtained, she describes that at least on five occasions she was pregnant and that she miscarr
CNN
May 12, 2013 1:00pm PDT
doing and continue to do. i am so happy to be home with my family." gina dejesus says, "i am so happy to be home, i want to thank everyone for all your prayers. i just want time now to be with my family." michelle knight says, "thank you to everyone for your support and good wishes. i am healthy, happy and safe and will reach out to family, friends and supporters in good time." >> the legal team says the women will not be talking to the media until the case against ariel as stroe has been tried. >>> dramatic video of police breaking down the door of the home to free them. this video was taken by a cleveland woman. she and her friend stopped monday in front of the now infamous house when they saw squad cars and flashing lights. women who lived nearby told a cnn affiliate they thought they were being pulled over. instead, they got to witness one of the most dramatic hos stanl rescues in recent memory. she told wews that gina dejesus was shaking, she was huddled together with the other survivors. witnesses say amanda berry was "crying like she was amazed." >>> back to the breaking
CNN
May 9, 2013 11:00am PDT
she did. she was last seen walking away in her burger king uniform ten years ago. gina dejesus, the report with regard to her says that castro didn't need a ruse since dejesus was good friends with castro's daughter arlene, so he told gina dejesus he would give her a ride so she could meet up with her little friend. castro's daughter spoke out today, talked to "good morning america." >> i really want to see gina, and i want you to meet my kids. i'm so sorry for everything. >> the police report says that the victims were at first being kept in the basement in chains, eventually moving up to the second floor of this home. two of the women became pregnant. this report says while he forced knight to miscarry, castro actually threatened violence if amanda berry's daughter jocelyn wasn't saved. i'm quoting this police report now, ariel told her if the baby died, he'd kill her. michelle stated that jocelyn stopped breathing at one point, but she breathed into her mouth and breathed for her to keep her alive. this was christmas day of 2006. the document also reveals that jocelyn did not kno
CNN
May 8, 2013 11:00pm PDT
encountered when think entered the home monday when amanda berry, gina dejesus and michelle knight were being held captive. it's emotional. here's the moment the police entered the house. >> you have a bus coming? this might be for real, there might be others in the house. gina dejesus may be in this house also. we found them. we found them. >> we have a female who has a young child with her. >> we also have a michelle knight in the house. i don't know if you want to look that up in the system. 32 years old. >> you can hear the women crying there. in the background we also have new video tonight of ariel castro, the man now charged with rape and kidnapping in connection with this incident. he's wearing a sweatshirt type of thing. this is right after he was reinterviewed by police. he tries to go right there. they want him to go through the door. brian todd is in cleveland with the latest on the investigation and the charges filed today against ariel castro. >> authorities in cleveland lay out their case against ariel castro. >> i just signed criminal complaints charging aerial castro wi
CNN
May 10, 2013 8:00am PDT
it's not certain that he saw gina dejesus the day he was abducted moments before she was abducted. he said police did not want to listen. his story next. gathered here to celebrate the union of tim and laura. it's amazing how appreciative people are when you tell them they could save a lot of money on their car insurance by switching to geico...they may even make you their best man. may i have the rings please? ah, helzberg diamonds. nice choice, mate. ...and now in the presence of these guests we join this loving couple. oh dear... geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. britta olsen is my patient. i spend long hours with her checking her heart rate, administering her medication, and just making her comfortable. one night britta told me about a tradition in denmark, "when a person dies," she said, "someone must open the window so the soul can depart." i smiled and squeezed her hand. "not tonight, britta. not tonight." [ female announcer ] to nurses everywhere, thank you, from johnson & johnson. the wright brothers became the first in flight. [ goodall ] i t
CNN
May 12, 2013 8:00am PDT
this day, we're learning that amanda berry and her little girl, as well as gina dejesus and michelle knight are all spending this mother's day with family and/or friends. hearing this from a public relations firm here in cleveland that has decided to represent these, these victims for free and, in fact, they told us that on behalf of their new clients now that they are enjoying this day and thankful for all the support they're getting and they wanted everyone to know this. >> amanda berry, gina dejesus and michelle knight are grateful for the general assistance and loving support of their family, friends and the community. they're also very grateful for the tireless efforts of the numerous law enforcement officials with the cleveland police department, the cuyahoga county sheriff, the fbi and the cuyahoga county office. amanda berry says, "thank you so much for everything you're doing and continue to do. i'm so happy to be home with my family." gina dejesus said, "i'm so happy to be home. i want to thank everyone for all your prayers. i just want time now to be with my famil
NBC
May 7, 2013 5:30pm PDT
. >> reporter: still in the house were gina dejesus who disappeared in 2004 at just 14 and michele knight missing since 2002. for more than a decade police searched for them but turned up nothing. >> for amanda's family, for gina's family, for michele's family, prayers have finally been answered. the nightmare is over. >> reporter: family and friends rushed to the hospital. robert osorio is dejesus' cousin. >> she asked me like, is that robert? gave me the biggest hug. she was the same old gina, upbeat. just wanting to hang out with her friends and family. that's what gina was about, friends and family. >> reporter: for berry's family there is one more now. a 6-year-old police say is berry's daughter born while her mother was held captive. >> she'll be welcomed in the home just like amanda will. we've been waiting for them both, evidently. >> reporter: police today called that little girl's mother a hero for her daring escape, while the families who never gave up hope get ready to finally welcome the three now grown women home. >> the not knowing is what kills you, but in the last few yea
MSNBC
May 7, 2013 3:00pm PDT
teenagers ten years ago. all found in a house in cleveland. amanda berry, gina dejesus and michele knight have been missing for a decade. their families searched desperately for them. today they are reunites with their loved ones, tries to restart their lives. at this point three suspects are in custody. ariel castro, the owner of the house, and his two brothers. the alleged kidnappers reportedly raped the women, resulting in up to five pregnancies. so far they have not been charged. amanda berry was able to escape that house with her 6-year-old daughter and make a frantic police call to police. you can hear the terror in her voice when she made that call. >> 911. what's your emergency? >> help me. i'm amanda berry. >> do you need police, fire or ambulance? >> i need police. >> okay, and what's going on there? >> i've been kidnapped, and i've been missing for ten years, and i'm here. i'm free now. >> it looks like you're calling from 2310 seymour. >> i'm across the street. i'm using the phone. >> okay, stay there with those neighbors and talk to police when they get there. >> okay. hello?
CNN
May 9, 2013 4:00pm PDT
released and have not been implicated in the abductionses of amanda berry, gina dejesus and michele knight. brian todd is out in cleveland tonight. brian, what more can you tell bus this confession? >> reporter: well, erin what we're getting from a law enforcement source closely involved with the investigation, the source telling our pamela brown that ariel castro has, in fact, confessed to some of his actions. the confessions came in what they call detailed statements given to authorities during his interrogations. this source according to pamela brown is reluctant to describe precisely what castro has confessed to but, again, we have to stress he has confessed to some of his actions according to a law enforcement source closely involved with the investigation who has spoken to our pamela brown tonight, erin. again, we're getting pieced together details of some of this information. we were told yesterday ariel castro was cooperating with investigators. now we have a little bit more detail that he's confessed to some of his actions. >> brian, we'll talk to the attorney general in just a mo
FOX News
May 7, 2013 10:00am PDT
she vanished in i 2003. gina dejesus just 14 when she disappeared in 2004. michelle knight was 20 when she went missing in 2002. police believe they were held captive in a home near downtown cleveland a few miles from where they vanished. think about that. think about their families, wondering, waiting, searching, and they were there. they were there in the neighborhood all that time. moments ago we learned that two neighbors say police were called twice in recent years to investigate suspicious activity there. that is not consistent with what we heard earlier today, but the police said that they are combing their records to make sure what they believe is the case is, in fact, the case, that there were no suspicious calls. one man, however, is claiming that he called about pounding doors at the house, and another neighbor says her daughter saw a naked woman crawling on her hands and knees in the back yard. police say they cannot find records of those calls. authorities have arrested three brothers, ages 50 to 54. we know one of them is the homeowner, ariel castro. charges are expe
CNN
May 10, 2013 11:00am PDT
over, but we're getting more hints of how they're haunted by it. gina dejesus' mother said the family slept as a group with gina in the living room because she did not want to go to her room upstairs as she had for the previous nine years. >> the one thing she did say, she said, mom, i don't want to stay in a room. so i said, you don't have to anymore. so that's part of the process, part of her healing and knowing that she now can do what she wants. >> she said she doesn't want to stay in a room. >> nancy ruiz also gave more insight on the ties between her family and the kidnapping suspect, ariel castro. gina's mother told abc news she knows ariel castro, came across him multiple times in the years after gina went missing. ruiz said he would ask her how she's doing, even as he allegedly kept her daughter as a sex slave. you'll hear more from ruiz's interview in just a few minutes. let's bring in susan candiotti, following this story. susan, tell us about the aggravated murder charges and how that relates to what michelle knight went through. >> reporter: hi, jake. the prosecuto
CNN
May 7, 2013 11:00am PDT
17 when she up and disappeared. that was back in 2003. also, gina dejesus was 14 when she vanished in 2004 and michele knight was 20 when a loved one reported her missing in 2002. and then yesterday, berry made the move that turned her into the ultimate freedom fighter, breaking through the screen door. i told you again, the home with the porch light, you see the bottom half bashed in, the man who helped get her out of there actually talked to one of the reporters here in cleveland, gave this play by play of this amazing escape. listen. >> they were screaming. i'm eating my mcdonald's. i come outside. i see this girl going nuts trying to get out of the house. so i go on the porch, i go on the porch, and she says, help me get out. i've been here a long time. so, you know, i figured it was a domestic violence dispute. i open the door and we can't get in that way because how the door is, it is so much that a body can't fit through, only your hand. so we kicked the bottom and she comes out with the little girl and she says, call 911. my name is amanda berry. >> do you know who that was
CBS
May 7, 2013 4:00am PDT
where the women were held captive are under arrest. amanda berry, gina dejesus and michelle knight disappeared. separately about a decade ago. they were discovered in a house south of downtown cleveland yesterday. they appeared to be in good health. a neighbor, charles ramsey, said he heard screaming and went to investigate. >> i look and i see this girl and she just going nuts on the door. what's your problem? are you stuck? just open the door. she says i can't. he got it locked. i look how he has it. enough to reach a hand out to grab the mail and close the door. naturally going to pry it open. that didn't work. we had to kick open the bottom. that door was aluminum and cheap. she climbed out with her daughter. she went to my house. we called 911. then when the police get here, she says there are three more girls up there. that's when gina dejesus and they brought two more girls out. >> you saw amanda berry? >> yeah. ain't that something. >> it's quite a story. susan mcginnis has more. >> reporter: fbi investigators worked through the night searching this cleveland home where thr
ABC
May 11, 2013 4:00pm PDT
weekend. gina dejesus joins her own mother for mother's day dinner at their home. alex perez has been there with growing questions about the opportunities missed. >> reporter: in cleveland a march in honor of amanda berry, gina dejesus and michelle knight. michelle was released from the hospital friday night and she now wants to spend time with her friend gina, their bond strengthed from years spent in that small bedroom. from around the world donations, gifts and offers of counseling are pouring into this community to help the women begin a new chapter. tonight new questions on what police may have known about castro who worked as a school bus driver. in 2004 investigators showed up at his doorstep after he was accused of leaving a child on a school bus. no one opened the door. and in 2008 this one in with the law captured on dash cam video after castro who was riding a motorcycle was pulled over and released for not wearing a helmet. tonight these brothers have more questions. they say ten years ago they saw gina dejesus moments before she vanished and the man in a grey suv with ohi
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